Looking for a good summer read? How about this Aztec inspired Fantasy!
Thrust into leadership upon the death of his emperor father, young Prince Ahkin feels completely unready for his new position. Though his royal blood controls the power of the sun, he’s now responsible for the lives of all the Chicome people. And despite all Ahkin’s efforts, the sun is fading–and the end of the world may be at hand.
For Mayana, the only daughter of the Chicome family whose blood controls the power of water, the old emperor’s death may mean that she is next. Prince Ahkin must be married before he can ascend the throne, and Mayana is one of six noble daughters presented to him as a possible wife. Those who are not chosen will be sacrificed to the gods.
Only one girl can become Ahkin’s bride. Mayana and Ahkin feel an immediate connection, but the gods themselves may be against them. Both recognize that the ancient rites of blood that keep the gods appeased may be harming the Chicome more than they help. As a bloodred comet and the fading sun bring a growing sense of dread, only two young people may hope to change their world.
What I Liked:
Atmospheric: Lani’s rich, vivid, atmospheric style and gripping plot are a riptide, pulling unsuspecting readers under and holding them captive till the very last page.
Bingable: I fly through books on a regular basis, but I’ve never before binged so hard I went numb. Honestly, I made it through the whole set in about two days and need a re-read to properly process all the gorgeous prose and twisty feels.
Worldbuilding: I love the worldbuilding! Always been interested in ancient cultures, so the influence from lesser known myths is a big plus, while the magic system is one of the most unique and well thought out I’ve seen in quite a while.
Characters: The character development is so well done! I like Mayana and Yamania best, but every character is well fleshed out. I especially appreciate how characters react differently to similar trauma, sometimes putting them at odds and sometimes bringing them closer together.
My Rating: 5/5
There is so much truth and hope woven through these books! Lani’s heart really shines through her words with beautiful passages on worth, belief, courage, love, and life. I dare anyone to read this and say they didn’t feel seen at least once.